Jim Ross recently discussed the amazing career of WWE Hall of Famer Chyna and told his listeners why he does not like intergender matches. Ross revealed that he spoke to legendary wrestler Chris Jericho just before one of the AEW shows about Chyna.
He spoke about Chyna wrestling men back in those days and stated no promoter would have thought about intergender matches. "It went against a lot of things Chris believed in when he first got in the business being trained in Calgary," Ross said.
"Do you think Stu Hart would have booked a woman vs. a man? I don't. Cowboy [Bill Watts]? Nope. Eddie Graham? Nope. Vince Sr.? Nope. Because they want to protect the business, it isn't a spectacle in that regard, it is an athletic event.
Jim Ross on Intergender Matches in Professional Wrestling
"A woman, even though she had amazing stature, a great look, all that stuff, beating a male was still hard to accept in that era. I never accepted it and I just wasn't ready for it.
I'm still not a big fan of intergender matches and I know I'll get criticized for that too." According to Ross, intergender matches are a spectacle and make wrestling look even more fake than it already is. "It doesn't seem plausible, it doesn't seem real," Ross said.
"The more things we do in wrestling today in any company that takes me out of the moment that isn't plausible is not good for the business. End of story." Ross was asked about Jericho being a big stiff during his match against Chyna.
Ross stated that Jericho never had issues wrestling Chyna and if he did, those matches would have never happened. "I don't remember there being a significant issue," Ross said. "I'm sure Chris, being trained in the dungeon in Calgary, son of a former NHL goon, he might not have thought that was becoming of his wrestling career.
I could see that a lot of guys had that same feeling but I never heard it made public from Chris. If it had been a big big deal, the matches would not have occurred." Ross also stated that it was Vince McMahon’s blessing that allowed Chyna to perform in those types of matches.
Chyna took creative control of her own career and she refused to wrestle women. "She wouldn't have gotten those opportunities if the [Vince] had not signed off on it," Jim Ross said. "He still was not sold on her wrestling men but he eventually warmed up to that as well because she did wrestle men.
I never warmed up to that as I said, it just seemed to be unbelievable. I may be too set in my ways, I'll admit that, but I've never been able to get over that hump”.